BOSTON -- A collection of pregame news and notes before the Boston Celtics host the Orlando Magic in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden:
The rundown (a quick look at pregame headlines)
Perkins hoping NBA would rescind 2 technicals, settles for 1
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins expressed disappointment that the NBA took away only one of his two technical fouls assessed in Game 5, but said he was happy to simply be able to play in Friday's Game 6.
"It really doesn't matter what I think, because I do think both should have been rescinded," said Perkins. "I'm just happy to be playing."
Perkins picked up a pair of technical fouls late in the first half of Game 5, earning an automatic ejection with 36.1 seconds to play in the frame. The NBA reviewed the technicals Thursday and overturned the second one for arguing a call with referee Eddie Rush.
Perkins stressed that he won't change his style of play, even as remains on the cusp of a one-game suspension with six technicals this postseason. The NBA postseason limit is seven and Perkins will incur a one-game ban for every other technical foul starting with his next one.
"I have to go out there and play my game. I can't worry about getting another technical, I can't play like that. I gotta go out there and do my job. If they want me to play physical, I'm going to play physical. I might need to smile a few times, but I'm going to go out there and play."
Perkins also lamented the current system that seems to penalize those that get hit with double technicals. Of his six infractions, five are of the double technical variety, often assessed by officials to simply calm down the game.
"It's intense, guys get tangled up by accident and, at times, they should let it go," said Perkins. "But sometimes they need [double technicals] to control game so it wont’ get out of hand. That's part of being down there and playing physical."
Rivers said that, despite all the talk about physical play, it will ultimately come down to who plays better basketball.
"There's been way too much talk -- and I’ve done some of it -- about elbows and all that physical stuff. At the end of the day, there's going to be a basketball game played. And at some point, the team that does that he best will win this game."
Doc: Marquis out, Scalabrine in; Davis, Wallace, TA active
Despite all the injury concerns coming into Friday's Game 6, the Celtics will be without only Marquis Daniels (concussion) and activated Brian Scalabrine in his place.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that fellow reserves Glen Davis (concussion), Rasheed Wallace (back), and Tony Allen (ankle) will all be active despite injuries that previously threatened their availability for a pivotal matchup with Boston clinging to a 3-2 series lead and the prospects of heading back to Orlando for a do-or-die Game 7.
"Everybody's good, except for Marquis," said Rivers. "That's probably the easier way to [sum it up]. Marquis is out, probably for a while. Everybody else is ready."
According to Rivers, Daniels experienced tingling in both his feet and hands immediately after being concussed in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Feeling has since returned, but they don't expect to rush Daniels back to action, particularly given his limited role this postseason.
Davis underwent a battery of tests Thursday, earned clearance to play, and stressed that he's fine before Friday's game.
"It caught me off guard, I didn't see it coming," Davis said of the Dwight Howard elbow that momentarily knocked him out. "I’m playing today... I was woozy. Like when you get hit by a boxer. It's like, 'Woah.' Some boxers can gather themselves."
Davis couldn't and stumbled back up the court wobbly before being caught by referee Joey Crawford.
"I couldn't get my legs," said Davis. "I remember everything, I just couldn't catch my legs -- my legs were gone. Like a boxer."
Davis also noted that he didn't lose any teeth from the elbow. It was merely a splint he keeps in the back of his mouth to protect his teeth that fell out and was retrieved by the Amway Arena staff.
Rivers said he'd exercise caution where he thought with his injured players, particularly Davis.
"We don't have the same rules as football, but they wear helmets and they do try to hit each other," said Rivers. "Our game, we're not supposed to get hit on the head. Hopefully, he's not hit on the head tonight. But he's passed all the tests. I don't know enough about the history [of concussions], but I'm always concerned about my players."